Akino Kondoh "Flesh"

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Mizuma Art Gallery is pleased to announce “Flesh”, an exhibition by Akino Kondoh. This is her second solo show at this venue and features new oil paintings.

In her previous and first solo exhibition at Mizuma Art Gallery, she created and showed an animation work entitled “Ladybirds’ Requiem”. Each second of this animation work required 15 sheets of drawings to produce, and the work as a whole effectively consisted of 3,000 drawings. Looking at these drawings after the work was completed, Kondoh was shocked at their lack of presence. Despite the prolific number of drawings involved, each one could not be considered an artwork in its own right, and she realized with some distaste that an animation is only a layered accumulation of thin veneers of paper. Moreover, the flatness of these drawings, coupled with the computerized processing of these images evoked a vague sense of anxiety in her, making her question herself about what she has been engaged in.
This marked Kondoh's turn to oil painting, a medium which requires many successive and material layers leading to the completion of a work. With oil painting, Kondoh attempted to create an artwork which has a specific, material presence, rather than a shapeless procession of countless drawings.

The theme of this show is a “mixture of humans and plants” that eat each other, and the flesh of fruit that resembles human organs. In other words, she explores an odd halfway state that mingles human and plant.

Although Kondoh's previous works have mainly been monochrome, some colors appear in this exhibition. Her favorite colors since childhood, such as vermillion and navy, candy, elastic band and cartilage, have been used in these new oil paintings.

[Image: Akino Kondoh "Flesh" (in progress), 2008, oil on canvas, 112x162cm]

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From 2008-07-09 To 2008-08-09

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Akino Kondoh

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